How You Can Help, Relief & Support
A Message from Arts Council Napa Valley
Our thoughts are with the residents, artists, and arts organizations who were affected by the recent earthquake in the Napa Valley region. Our local partner, Arts Council Napa Valley, issued a statement this week on the status of their local arts community. View the statement here and learn about ways you can help.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Dear Community Members,
If you are wondering how you might be able to help, I encourage you to reach out to your friends and colleagues in the arts community who you know have been most impacted. At this point in time, the most valuable tool we have is our friendships and moral support. Many people have experienced significant emotional trauma and shock from the event, as well as the losses of homes, personal items, and valuable works. As well, many have been working around the clock, at home and as staff members, to get this back in order and assess damage. A small care package of dishes, coffee, and easy to eat food may go a long way! And even an invitation to a relaxed lunch or drinks may help to bring a sense of normalcy during this recovery period. Be aware and responsive to friends and colleagues, share stories, and even a short visit may be welcome.
In the days and weeks to come, we will learn more about the financial and economic impacts of the earthquake and what the true cost has been to our arts community - both individuals artists and organizations/businesses. Right now, ACNV is establishing an assessment list to most clearly identify what our needs are and preparing a list of potential resources through regional and national partners. We will continue to share what we learn and what we know is available for relief and recovery.
I would also like to give special acknowledgment for the calls and emails of support and valuable information from across the country. Special thanks to Theresa at Americans for the Arts, Michael at the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Cornelia at the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, and many many more. The ACNV team has been working overtime to get our office back up and running as a central information hub, so I would also like to thank our team (Colette, Jordan, and our many volunteers) for their extraordinary response. It has been truly moving to witness this great show of community.
More to come soon! Thank you again for your time, attention, and wonderful show of love for this very special community of amazing people.
-Olivia Everett, President & CEO of ACNV